Bill Roberson authors the Throttle Jockey motorcycle column for The Manual. A lifelong motorhead, velocity addict, wirehead, shutterbug and cinephile, he's a Portland, Oregon native and enjoys exploring the region and world by motorcycle. When not on his two-wheelers, he's a dedicated dad, husband, photographer and Oregon Ducks fan. He also writes, shoots product photos and produces video content for both Digital Trends and The Manual.
Since the re-booted Bonneville and Thruxton arrived, you could only get so much more juice out of the air-cooled P-twin while maintaining a budget and reliability. That period of the Bonneville's recent history has now ended.
Everyone has their Goldilocks bike, that one machine that satisfies your lust and expectations, but then adds in something more, something intangible and hard to pin down that makes you right with the world, at least for a little while.
Stuart Parr lives a life most of us can only imagine. He’s a film and music producer, and he’s got a thing for vintage motorcycles. Since his ventures tend to do pretty well, he's been able to put together quite the collection.
Southeast Oregon is known locally by several names, most notably as The Big Empty and the Oregon Outback, and those are fitting monikers for this vast, dry, seemingly barren corner of the state. But the off-road motorcycle riding is epic.
The retro Yamaha SR400 isn't a lot things. It’s not fast. It’s not loaded with tech. It’s not modern (well, not by much). As new bikes go, it’s about as analog as it gets. However, all of those things work in its favor.
Riders everywhere clamor for builders to emulate these classic designs, but modern technology, the demands of riders today and the ever-shortening design period for new bikes means that motorcycles like these are likely to remain artifacts…
One trend I’m happy to see is the return - and update - of the “standard” motorcycle, a do-most-everything bike that can zip you to work, capably sport-tour or even raise your pulse at a track day. One machine that's caught my eye is…
If you're like most fair-weather riders and parked your bike when it finally got too cold, too wet and dark too early (or all of the above), you're probably pretty amped to get back in gear and get back out on the road.
Indian has introduced the Chief Dark Horse, a stripped-down, murdered-out version of their basic bike, the Indian Chief Classic. But if you think this $16,999 "budget bike" is going to leave you wanting, think again.